AUSTIN (KXAN) — Incumbent Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez said she’s “grateful” to voters, after winning handily over her two Democratic challengers in the primary Tuesday.

Hernandez has been in the role since 2017. Liz Donegan, who led APD’s Sex Crimes Unit for nearly 10 years, and John Loughran, who served in the Travis County Sheriff’s office for nearly 25 years, opposed her in the race.

Hernandez won handily with more than 77% of the vote (145,825 votes). Donegan finished a distant second with 15% (28,285) and Loughran third with almost 8% (14,666).

Hernandez told KXAN Tuesday night in a statement, “I’m humbled and so grateful to the voters of Travis County for expressing their confidence and trust in me. I promise to keep building upon the strong foundation of partnerships and service the men and women of TCSO are known for.”

Incumbent Sheriff Sally Hernandez at a primary night watch party in Downtown Austin.
(Courtesy: Sally Hernandez campaign)

Donegan critiqued how Hernandez and other county leaders handled sexual assault cases and said that’s what drove her to run for the seat. Loughran said he was disappointed with how the agency handled mental health issues for deputies.

Raul Vargas is running unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Hernandez in the November election.